Broadway, Saratoga Springs, New York, 1915. Colorized by me! [1920 x 1080]


The tree trunks would've been painted white, like this. They are just in shadow so they don't really look as bright into the picture. You have them as simply a lighter color of tree bark. But I'm just nitpicking. ...



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  • The tree trunks would've been painted white, like this. They're just in shadow so they don't look as bright in the photo. You've got them as simply a lighter shade of tree bark. But I'm just nitpicking.
  • Whoa I was wondering what was up with them. Thought they had cloth wrapped around them fora while and thus getting less sun or something. The more you know, thanks! I'm editing this in the poster version so people won't get the wrong one. Any more C&C very welcome!
  • All those trees are gone now though, sadly. They were all elms. There are street trees that have replace them, but I would give anything to see what Broadway looked like in person back then. I've seen that picture several times, but this is the first time in color. Great job!
  • Are you a local? Am I correct in assuming that the trees are gone because the road was widened to accommodate more cars?
  • I was a local... Trees all died or were cut down due to Dutch Elm Disease. Also, it's my understanding that Broadway is still the same width as when Gideon Putnam's wife marked it out when they were founding the town. They've just removed the perpendicular parking and gone with parallel to accommodate 2 lanes of traffic in each direction rather than 1.
  • Why would they be painted white?
  • Look closely; only where you find a curb entry are they painted white. This enables drivers to know where they should pick up/drop off passengers from a distance. Also lets pedestrians where to cross the street without stomping the well-manicured grasses. 🙂
  • Actually, they are painted white because it was thought that by doing this insects wouldn't be able to reach the leaves therefore it would protect the tree. And it isn't white paint, it's Calcium oxide.
  • 'Actually', in this town, in this picture, my statement seems to apply a wee 'more' as not all of the trees are painted (whitewashed). The 'insect barrier' is the dark strip you'll find near the top of the 'paint' line. Notice the interval at which the trees are painted? Notice the ground?
  • I get your point and it seems very likely to be it. Also, trees were painted white just for aesthetic purposes, which may explain the pattern you have observed.
  • I'm in Poland right now and seriously like 75% of the trees have this.
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